FORT COLLINS - Banner Health will begin construction on its new hospital Sept. 16 on the campus at Harmony Road between Lady Moon Drive and Cinquefoil Lane in Fort Collins.

Construction is scheduled to begin on Sept. 16, with a ceremonial groundbreaking on Oct. 2. The hospital will open in 2015.

The facility will be built on 28 acres and will include a two-story hospital with an emergency department, 24-bed inpatient unit, labor and delivery rooms, medical imaging, women's services and surgical and lab services.

Talks for the new hospital began in late 2012, with Banner officials holding public meetings beginning last November. The Fort Collins Planning and Zoning Board approved the plans in April.

"This new hospital is a foundation of Banner Health's commitment to serve the increasing needs of Fort Collins whether through hospital care, clinics or partnerships with insurance companies like Kaiser Permanente, which now has 10,000 members in Northern Colorado," said Peter S. Fine, president and CEO of Banner Health.

The hospital will be Banner's third on the Front Range and the fifth in Colorado. The system also owns McKee Medical Center in Loveland and operates North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley.

Banner is a nonprofit health care system based in Phoenix.